As you can tell from previous articles, I have a penchant for 2 particular countries. Japan and Italy. If and when I get an opportunity to try something from either of those places, then I reply back with gusto and then sit waiting for the delivery guy to arrive.
I had the pleasure in not only reviewing items from Ciao Gusto before Christmas, but also a Start Box from a fabulous new subscription service called Italinary.
The boxes are a little more than what you are used to paying for a subscription box of artisan food, but the quality is absolutely exemplary. Products come direct from small producers in Italy, therefore there’s no waiting for it to be imported by someone who wants to add their little bit on top of it.
The Start Box contained some of the most delicious Italian specialities that I have ever tasted. In the UK, spicy sausage for me at least is a bit hit and miss. Normally it will have an abundance of chilli inside, but that just doesn’t float my boat, or they will have so much salt in them, you have to eat it then grab a glass of water after. The salami in the Italinary box is Salame Strolghino of Culatello which is a full smoky flavoured soft salami which you can either eat on it’s own or paired with cheese, olives and crusty bread. I loved it purely sliced and eaten with a nice ripe fig straight from the garden (well, Tesco, but they will be out of the garden in the Summer). It was incredibly moorish and I only wish that Italinary had their own store online where you could buy the individual items that you sample in the boxes because the cheapest that I’ve found it for one string is £45 on Amazon! I could buy another box for that.
A selling point of these boxes is the fact that you can create an appetizer, main meal and dessert with the one box. It was just enough for Andy and I to have over one day (it does serve 4 so we’re probably just greedy), although in the run up to Christmas we didn’t really eat properly so it was used over a few days with the salami and tarallini one day then pasta with what was the most scrumptious pesto I have ever had the very next day (probably because it had Grana Padano cheese in it which is one of my most favourite). There’s definitely enough for a lovely evening for a family.
Plus, as a little added extra you will find a handy gadget that are useful in the preparation of your meal, or indeed just to make the presentation a little more fancy for you and your guests.
If you love authentic Italian food and want to try it, then pop on over to Italinary and order the Start Box, or of course, sign up for a monthly delivery.
There are 2 offers that I we can give you right now if you want to try:
You can save 10% off any subscription and get a free bonus product with your first box using the code 10ITA, or check out with a 6 or 12 month subscription and receive a free Pizza Napoli Box which will be shipped immediately. Perfetto!